August 14, 2022

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With Congress Unwilling to Act, Pressure Grows on Biden to Declare National Climate Emergency

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President Biden outlined new efforts to combat the climate crisis in a speech Wednesday but stopped short of declaring a national climate emergency — a move sought by the U.S. climate movement and many progressive lawmakers. This comes after Senator Joe Manchin just scuttled Biden’s Build Back Better climate legislation and as more than 100 million people in the United States are under heat advisories. We speak with Jean Su, energy justice director and senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, who co-wrote a report detailing how the president can use emergency powers to address the climate crisis. "We’ve wasted too much time thinking about Senator Manchin and relying on Congress," says Su. "We have to go full force on executive action."

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